Two weeks ago, I was tucking Nate into bed when he said to me, “Mom, an ambulance came to the playground today at recess.” He said it as an afterthought and I pressed him for information. He told me that a girl (6 years old) in the other first grade class got her tongue stuck in a bottle. An ambulance had to come to school to take her away to get the bottle taken off of her because it was stuck.
I figured he got the story wrong, or something else had happened. I couldn’t really envision what kind of bottle a child could get their tongue stuck in and I pretty much brushed off his story and forgot about it until the following week.
That next week, we received a note from our school principal informing us of what did happen – that a First Grade girl did indeed get her tongue stuck inside of a metal bottle and the situation was severe. She had to have surgery and was in intensive care for three days.
Thankfully she’s okay and back at school but this is definitely a good warning to all parents who have metal water bottles in their house.
Her father appeared on our local ABC news station later that week. You can see the story & video here on the Philadelphia ABC station’s website. I’m warning you all, the images are graphic and tough to see.
But it’s worth watching and reading as there is obviously a danger to metal bottles that I know I personally was unaware of in the past. (It was the treading on the inside neck of the bottle that caused this to happen. Watch the vid for details.)